Major Requirements

Listed below are the requirements for the English major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about our degree requirements.

Requirements

Total English credits

36 credits

Required Courses (9 credits)
  • English 215 - Introduction to English Studies
  • English 240 - Rhetoric, Writing and Culture
  • English 430 - Advanced Writing Workshop
3 credits in

an upper level English elective

3 credits in women's literature or gender studies selected from
  • English 465 - Women Writers
  • English 628 - Seminar in Literature by Women
  • English 629 - Seminar in Literature and Sexuality
3 credits in minority literature selected from
  • English 372 - Survey of American Indian Literature
  • English 373 - Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature
  • English 374 - Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature
  • English 375 - Survey of Asian American Literature
  • English 376 - Survey of African American Literature
  • English 377 - Survey of African-American Literature
  • English 463 - Writers in African-American Literature
  • English 517 - Studies in African-American Literature
  • English 520 - Studies in American Indian Literature
  • English 521 - Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature
  • English 523 - Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature
  • English 524 - Studies in Asian-American Literature
  • English 631 - Seminar in African-American Literature
  • English 632 - Seminar in American Indian Literature
3 credits selected from
  • English 378 - Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Communication 335 - Critical Analysis of Communication
3 credits selected from
  • English 440 - Introduction to Peer Tutoring and Practice
  • English 449 - Writing Internship in English
3 credits selected from
  • English 431 - Topics in Advanced Writing
  • Communication 435 - Rhetoric in Western Thought
  • Communication 436 - Recent Rhetorical Theory
3 credits in pre-1800 literature
  • English 301 - Survey of English Literature, Beginnings to 1500
  • English 303 - Survey of English Literature, 1660-1798
  • English 302 - Survey of English Literature, 1500-1660
  • English 451 - Chaucer
  • English 452 - Shakespeare
  • English 453 - Milton
  • English 454 - Milton
  • English 455 - Writers in Drama
  • English 456 - Writers in English Literature, 1500-1660
  • English 457 - Writers in English Literature, 1660 - 1798
  • English 500 - Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature
  • English 501 - Studies in Literature, 1500-1660
  • English 504 - Studies in Literature, 1660-1800
  • English 530 - Studies in Shakespeare
3 credits selected from
  • English 201 - Strategies for Academic Writing
  • English 208 - Writing and Research
  • English 230 - Writing with Style
3 credits in a capstone seminar experience
(satisfies L&S research requirement)

English 633 - Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing

Additional requirements

All courses taken towards the major must be at or above the 300 level unless otherwise noted. Students must complete at least 15 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the major in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.